SUDBURY, ONT. — The Ontario government is investing in pre-apprenticeship programs and applied research at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ont. to help students gain trade and technology-specific knowledge, portable job skills and work experience.
This year, the government expanded its investment into the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program to $18.3 million. The funding will allow colleges and other community organizations to offer 84 programs across the province that will introduce over 1,600 people to the trades, indicates a government release.
Two projects at Cambrian College will help female Indigenous participants – a 45-week welder program and a 26-week program where participants from First Nations Communities on Manitoulin Island will get hands-on experience. This program will focus on skills and experience needed for general carpentry, electrician and refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanic trades. Both projects will include work placements that will help fill demand for skilled workers in Sudbury.
Cambrian College is also receiving over $1.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for Cambrian College’s Applied Research department. The funds will help the department complete its Tools and Tech for Innovation initiative, including modernizing and expanding its current space, and purchasing specialized equipment to build a state-of-the-art facility, states the release.
The new equipment and facility will also provide Cambrian students with work experience and skills development through employment and co-op placements in the department and will lead to five new full-time technician positions and 12 new part-time research positions, adds the release.